Testing Center

The testing centers administer course exams and assessments for current Laurel Ridge students and students within the VCCS (Virginia Community College System). Proctoring is available for other academic exams and industry certifications to our students, staff and faculty, and community members.

All tests require a current photo ID. For student course testing, a current Laurel Ridge/VCCS student ID is preferred.

Exam Appointments and Fees

Most exams, aside from Laurel Ridge/VCCS course  exams, require appointments. To schedule a testing appointment, please contact your preferred campus location. 

Most exams, aside from Laurel Ridge/VCCS course exams, will require a $30 proctor fee per exam, payable by cash, check, or credit card.

Laurel Ridge Course Exams

Laurel Ridge course exams  proctored at the Middletown or Fauquier campus do not require appointments. Course testing at Luray-Page County Center requires an appointment. Students should plan their arrival to allow enough time for testing and bring their Student ID, or  other valid photo ID and their student ID number, plus the instructor’s name, course name/number, and exam name. There are no proctor fees for these exams.

Students who wish to complete their Laurel Ridge course exams at another proctored location must contact their campus testing center to arrange for alternate proctoring. The alternate location must be approved by the course instructor. Students should complete this Alternate Proctor Location Student Request Form and email it to the testing center.  Please allow 5 business days for processing. Students are expected to adhere to the alternate testing location’s policies and procedures. Proctor fees may apply at any alternate location if outside the Virginia Community College System.

VCCS Course Exams

VCCS course exams do not require appointments, however students are encouraged to contact the testing center location where they plan to be proctored to ensure that the test information is available. Students may be required to complete the appropriate forms with their “home” college in order to have the test information delivered to a Laurel Ridge testing center. There are no proctor fees for these exams.

Other College/University Course Exams (non-VCCS)

Students (from colleges and universities outside the Virginia Community College System) must complete the necessary paperwork with their “home” college or university to have an exam proctored at our location. Appointments are required and a $30 proctoring fee per exam will be charged.

Proctored Exams and Industry Certifications

All proctoring/exam administration services provided at any testing center location (except Laurel Ridge/VCCS course exams) will require an appointment and a $30 proctoring fee per exam will apply.  Please see the “Testing Services” tab for more detailed information about taking these exams at our  testing center.

If you require a proctor, but do not see your type of exam listed in the Testing and Assessment Services section below, please contact the testing center directly to inquire about testing.

Locations and Hours

PLEASE NOTE: Testing ends each day exactly 15 minutes before closing. Testing Center staff are not permitted to extend testing beyond the Testing Center’s scheduled hours.

Middletown Campus

Fauquier Campus

Luray-Page County Center

Contact Us


By appointment only.

Testing and Assessment Services

Please click on the name of the testing service below for more information:

Placement Testing

The Virginia Community College System has waived the requirement for the Virginia Placement Test (VPT) and is using the Direct Enrollment process for students who have received either a high-school diploma or GED. In Direct Enrollment, a student completes a survey, which will recommend math and English courses for the student to take. The student will then review this placement with an academic advisor or coach. Please see https://laurelridge.edu/new-student-next-steps/ for the survey link and more information regarding your next steps as a new student. High school graduates from within the past six years will be asked about their high school GPA and courses taken.

The Virginia Placement Test (VPT) is offered per academic advisor or coach recommendation for certain student populations. Your academic advisor will let you know whether you will need to take the VPT. If you are a dual-enrolled student, please speak with your high school career coach or the dual-enrollment office.


The Virginia Placement Test is not timed. Students should plan to spend about 2.5 hours for the English or math test.



Retake Policy

Laurel Ridge policy allows for one retake within a twelve month period for each placement exam.  Retakes may be completed one week after the initial testing date. Students who take the placement test and do not enroll in developmental course are allowed one (1) retest within twelve (12) months. Students who attempt a developmental course will be ineligible for a retest.  Placement test results are valid for five (5) years.

Calculator Rules

Students are only permitted to use the calculator provided within the placement test. Hand-held calculators, phones, or other devices are not permitted

ESL Placement Testing

The Accuplacer ESL is an untimed, computerized test that helps your college evaluate your skills and place you into appropriate courses. The Accuplacer includes four tests:  Reading, Sentence Meaning, Language Use, and Listening. Following the computer portion, you will have 45 minutes to write an essay on paper from an essay prompt provided by the testing center. Your overall placement will be determined from the Accuplacer test results and the written essay.

Students whose first language is not English & any student requesting ESL coursework should take the Accuplacer English test.

The Accuplacer test is designed for the following students:

  • Students who speak their native language most often at home
  • Those who have lived in the US less than 6 years
  • Those that did not attend high school in the US

Contact the Advising Office at (540) 868-7110 on the Middletown campus, or (540) 351-1507 on the Fauquier campus with questions about which English placement test is recommended for you.

The Middletown testing center can also proctor Accuplacer math and English placement tests for students attending other colleges. The referring institution must create a testing voucher through Accuplacer and select Laurel Ridge Community College Middletown Campus as the remote testing site. We are not able to administer any math or English Accuplacer exams without the testing voucher.

Foundations of Life Sciences A&P Readiness (NAS2) Assessment

Anyone planning to register in BIO141 – Human Anatomy & Physiology should self-enroll in the Foundations of Life Science (NAS2) course. The A&P Readiness Assessment, found in the final course module, must be completed with a satisfactory score prior to registering BIO141.

Quick Facts about the A&P Readiness (NAS2) Assessment

  • The assessment is made up of 50 questions with a time limit of 90 minutes.
  • Students have unlimited attempts at earning the required 70 percent (answering 35 of the 50 questions correctly).
  • The gradebook will automatically save the highest score achieved.
  • The required wait time between attempts is 24 hours.

Where do I complete the A&P Readiness(NAS2) Assessment?

The A&P Readiness Assessment can be completed in our campus Testing Center at Fauquier or Middletown. There is no proctor fee required, and no appointment is needed, just walk in! Appointments are required to test at Luray-Page.

For students with extenuating circumstances which prevent them from traveling to a campus Testing Center to complete the A&P Readiness Assessment, remote testing is available. Please email your request for remote testing to [email protected].

Consideration is given on a case-by-case basis. When testing remotely, testers will be required to use Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor, which requires a computer download and the use of computer audio and video.

NOTE:  The assessment does not appear in the modules until the student arrives at the campus testing center, or until remote testing access has been granted. 

When can I complete the A&P Readiness (NAS2) Assessment?

You may attempt the final assessment at any time, however most students will benefit from reviewing the self-paced course modules prior to attempting the assessment. To access the Canvas modules and prepare for the assessment, please self-enroll here.

Unless ADA accommodations are required, appointments are not needed to test at Middletown or Fauquier campuses, but you must make an appointment in advance if testing at Luray-Page County Center.

Please check the testing center’s hours before arriving to your testing session or requesting an appointment.

How do I know I’ve passed the A&P Readiness (NAS2) Assessment?

Testers will see their score in the Canvas course gradebook immediately.


Testing accommodations are available for the assessment. Students are required to have a letter of accommodation to receive alternate testing conditions.

To best facilitate testing accommodations, please follow these instructions:

  1. Students who require testing accommodations will need to first contact the Office of Accommodations and Disability Services to obtain a letter for any necessary accommodations.
  2. Once a letter of accommodation is acquired, the student must then forward the letter to the Testing Center via email to the location where testing will take place with an appointment request.
  3. The testing center will contact the student to schedule at the earliest opportunity, depending on the accommodation.

HESI (Health Education Systems Inc.) Testing

Those applying for the AAS Nursing program are required to satisfactorily complete the HESI A2 Entrance Exam. Testing for AAS Nursing admissions runs from October through February.

Those applying for the AAS Nursing – Advance Placement Option (APO) program are required to satisfactorily complete BOTH the HESI A2 and the HESI LPN-RN Entrance Exam. Testing for APO Nursing Admissions runs from mid-August through September.

The testing cycle is directly associated with the program application.


For exam descriptons, please see below.  For all other exam information, please see the appropriate AAS Admissions Testing page or APO Admissions Testing page.

Health Education Systems Inc. Admissions Assessment (HESI® A2)

The Health Education Systems Inc. Admissions Assessment (HESI® A2) test is an online exam given to students interested in applying to Laurel Ridge’s Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing and Certificate in Practical Nursing programs. This five-option multiple-choice test includes questions on reading comprehension, mathematics, anatomy and physiology, critical thinking, and learning styles with a 4-hour maximum time limit.

Health Education Systems Inc. (HESI®) LPN-RN Entrance Exam

The Health Education Systems Inc. (HESI®) LPN-RN Entrance Exam is an online exam given to students entering Laurel Ridge’s Advanced Placement Option (APO) for Licensed Practical Nurses. This exam will be 100 questions and students have a maximum of four (4) hours to complete the exam. The exam consists of an array of topics spread across anatomy, biology, mathematics, nursing concepts and techniques, as well as the curriculum learned as a practical nursing student or licensed practical nurse.

ATI TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) Testing

The ATI TEAS, or Test of Essential Academic Skills, is designed specifically to assess a student’s preparedness for entering the health science fields. Those applying to Laurel Ridge’s Dental Hygiene, Surgical Technology, or Physical Therapist Assistant programs must complete this assessment. The ATI TEAS test comprises 170 questions set up in a multiple-choice format with four-option answers.

For information about ATI TEAS Testing, please consult the Application and Admission pages for your program:

(ASE) Automotive Service Excellence Exam

Auto technicians and other professionals who want to become ASE certified can take one or more of the ASE’s 40 plus exams at our Middletown Campus testing center. ASE exams can be proctored Monday through Friday. Please contact the campus for more details or to schedule.

The Eligibility Number assigned by ASE upon registering for the exam(s) must be obtained prior to scheduling. Exams may also be scheduled at the ASE website after registering.



The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) gives you the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know by earning qualifying scores on any of 30+ examinations.

Test takers must first REGISTER with CLEP prior to contacting the Testing Center: https://clep.collegeboard.org/register

CLEP exams can be proctored at the Middletown or Fauquier Campus Monday through Friday. A $30 proctor fee per exam will be charged, payable by cash, check, or debit/credit card.  A 50% discount for current Laurel Ridge students and staff/faculty will be applied ($15 proctor fee per CLEP exam).

Pearson VUE

There are hundreds of certification exams offered through Pearson VUE in a variety of business sectors and industries, including CompTIA, Cisco Systems, VMware, Brocade and many more.

Test takers contact Pearson VUE directly at https://home.pearsonvue.com/ for registration, payment and scheduling. There is no need to contact the Testing Center to schedule, we will be notified about your testing plans.

On the day of your exam, please arrive promptly to check in at the Testing Center. Testing takes place in Room 707, in the rear of the Paul Wolk Library. When you arrive, please enter through Cornerstone Hall Entrance A3, just to the right of the Wolk Library entrance. Parking is available beside the Library.

Questions about testing location or parking may be directed to the Testing Center at [email protected] or 540-868-7140. All other questions should be directed to Pearson VUE.

If the college is closed due to inclement weather, please contact Pearson VUE to reschedule your exam.


Exams offered through Certiport include Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 365, IC3 Digital Literacy Certification, and others. Please see Certiport for more information. We are not able to proctor Adobe Certified Professional and Autodesk Certified User exams.

Certiport exams can be proctored at the Middletown Campus Monday through Friday. Please contact the campus for more details and to schedule.

A voucher must be purchased through Certiport prior to taking the exam. A $30 proctor fee per exam will be charged, payable by cash, check, or credit/debit card. A 50% discount for current Laurel Ridge students and staff/faculty will be applied ($15 proctor fee per Certiport exam).

Other Proctored Exams and Industry Certifications

The Middletown and Fauquier testing centers provide proctoring services for the public. Check with your institution or company/testing sponsor to determine the process for getting the testing materials and instructions to Laurel Ridge.

Exams for other institutions or companies are administered Monday through Friday. Please contact the campus for more information or to schedule an appointment. A $30 proctor fee per exam will be charged, which is payable by cash, check, or credit/debit card.  A 50% discount for current Laurel Ridge students and staff/faculty will be applied ($15 proctor fee per proctored exam).

Testing Center Procedures and Restrictions

Students must view and agree to the VCCS student-patron acceptable use agreement. This agreement can be viewed online or at the Testing Center check-in desk.

Laurel Ridge potential students must have completed a college application and have received a VCCS student ID number,  prior to taking entrance/placement tests.

Current VCCS students who wish to complete exams via Canvas must be prepared to complete Multi-Factor Authentication.  Students will be permitted to take their authentication device into the testing room to complete authentication.  After MFA has been completed, students are then required to stow the device with any other personal items.

For ALL testers, one a current photo identification is required.  (Only current documents are accepted. We do not accept expired documentation.)

PearsonVue has unique requirements.  Candidates should be aware of identification requirements prior to arrival.

Acceptable documents include:

  • U.S. DMV issued photo IDs;
  • U.S. Passports with photo and valid date;
  • Non-US students with a foreign passport must have documentation in English
  • Military ID with photo;
  • Laurel Ridge Community College ID
  • High School ID

Testing Center Restrictions

  • Only testers are allowed in the testing room.
  • Children are not permitted in the testing area; please make other arrangements before coming to test.
  • Food is not allowed in the testing center. Drinks must be in cups with fitted lids or bottles with caps.
  • All belongings must be placed in the area designated by the proctor. It is strongly recommended that you lock all of your belongings in your vehicle prior to testing.
  • All outside garments (i.e. coats/jackets, hats, scarves) and weather apparel (sunglasses, gloves) must be removed and placed in the area designated by the proctor. Provisions can be made for specific religious/cultural apparel.
  • You may not have any electronic or recording devices at your desk, in your pockets, or within reach during testing, even if they are turned off or you do not use them.
  • You may not leave the room without permission during your test session. [Proctor must be notified, or test will be closed.]
  • Monitoring software will be used to view your desktop while you are taking a test; a snapshot can be taken of your monitor screen for incident reporting.
  • On rare occasions, power outages, server outages, or weather problems can and do close us without warning when we least expect it. We recommend that you plan to take your tests well in advance of the deadline or test closing date.